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  • September 17, 2020 1:06 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Applied Medical, a Rancho Santa Margarita-based company that designs, develops and manufactures medical devices, is now offering face shields direct to non-medical professionals who need protection during the pandemic. At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the company utilized its local manufacturing capabilities to design and develop face shields for healthcare professionals on the front linesThe medical-grade face shields are now available for purchase by not only medical but also non-medical professionals serving the RSM community. To learn more, visit

  • August 26, 2020 2:33 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    A Message From The City

    The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a business assistance grant program to assist small- and micro-businesses, including home-based business, impacted by COVID-19. A small number of grants, at a maximum grant amount of $7,500 each, will be awarded to eligible businesses. Funds must be used to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and must assist in creating or retaining jobs held by low- or moderate-income workers.

    Click Here To Learn More

  • June 16, 2020 8:59 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Small Business Grant Relief Program

    Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, Orange County

    The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and community organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County Supervisorial District Five. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available to eligible small businesses and non-profits within the district.

    Supervisor Lisa Bartlett serves as Fifth District Supervisor for the County of Orange representing the 650,000 residents in south Orange County.

    The Fifth District encompasses the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, portions of Irvine, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Emerald Bay, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Rancho Mission Viejo, Stonecliffe and Wagon Wheel.

    Grant Selection: The randomized selection will be broken down by city, within the Fifth Supervisorial district, with one allocation to account for the portions of Irvine and unincorporated communities. The total value of grant awards will be based on the percentage of population of each city/unincorporated area. Grant disbursements will be based on an 80% for-profit and 20% non-profit basis.

  • March 18, 2020 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Good Afternoon All,

    Please review the below Orange County Emergency Center's Press Release regarding a new Public Health Order. After reviewing this document, please refer to the next PDF below for clarification on some gray areas of the first Press Release. The main point they wanted to convey is that this is not a shelter in place. 

    As you may have seen via email, the Chamber has suspended all meetings until our May 1st reevaluation. We greatly appreciate your patience and wish you and your family good health.

    EOC Press Release 7 - Public Health Order.pdf


  • August 16, 2019 8:40 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    A Note From Damian Mendoza With SoCal IT Support

    Cybersecurity is Important

    Ever thought “that won’t happen to me” in the face of bad news? Many businesses think they’re invulnerable to cyberattacks or data breaches: “we’re too small to be a target”, or “we don’t have anything cybercriminals want to access.” Yet cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for everyone.

    What is a Cybersecurity Assessment?

    A Cybersecurity Assessment can be compared to an annual wellness check-up for your health, this assessment aims to diagnose potential risks before something serious happens. This proactive assessment aims to detect or identify any system, network, software, device, physical and other threats or vulnerabilities. The assessment findings help your business plan what it will do to respond to and manage the risk. The depth and breadth of a cybersecurity assessment can depend on your business size, industry, risk threshold, timeline, and budget. Still, there are several signs suggesting your business needs to schedule a cybersecurity assessment soon.

    Why Do I Need a Cybersecurity Assessment?

    There are many reasons for needing a detailed assessment of your organization’s cybersecurity, here are just a couple reasons to schedule a cybersecurity assessment:

    1. Compliance Requirements

    Your business may need to meet regulatory requirements. For instance, there are many rules about testing for cyber exposure in financial, healthcare, energy, and educational settings. Compliance starts with a comprehensive cyber risk assessment. In the healthcare industry, SoCal IT Support can help your organization comply with HIPAA.

    2. Your Technology Hasn’t Been Updated

    Old software or operating systems are more likely to expose you to cyber risk. Once software reaches a certain age, the provider stops supporting that solution. Microsoft, for example, is phasing out security patches and updates for Windows 7. Don’t plod along with decades-old technology, thinking you’re safe because there hasn’t been a failure or crash. The bigger danger is the small, unnoticed openings you don’t know about, but cybercriminals do.

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  • December 06, 2018 6:40 PM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    Finding a Job in Rancho Santa Margarita (1=Best; 127=Avg.)

    • 1st – Unemployment Rate for Residents with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher
    • 60th – Housing Affordability
    • 44th – Full-Time Employment
    • 1st – Disability-Friendliness of Employers
    • 24th – Access to Employee Benefits
    • 33rd – Annual Transportation Costs
    • 2nd – Safety
    • 1st – Unemployment Rate for High School Graduates
    • 11th – Median Annual Income

    Things are looking good for job seekers in California. This past September, the Golden State added 339,600 new jobs, the third largest increase among thirty-seven states that saw their employment numbers go up. And the state’s come a long way since the financial crisis. California’s unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent — the highest point in nearly seven decades and far exceeding the national average of 9.7 percent at the time — but has declined to a healthy 4.1 percent today.

    Since that precarious time in its history, California has experienced much growth in the technology sector and other high-wage industries. Altogether, the state boasts a $2.6 trillion economy which is larger than the individual economies of all but five countries.

    That bodes well for California wages. Time cites the median household income in California as $64,500 in 2018. Prospective workers nonetheless should balance their job-hunting efforts with cost of living considerations, especially rising housing costs that have made living in the Golden State increasingly unaffordable for low-income earners.

    To help California residents and prospective job hunters find the best cities for employment, WalletHub compared 254 cities in the state across 16 key metrics. Our data set ranges from monthly median starting salary to employment growth to housing and transportation costs. You can find the results, a detailed methodology and additional expert commentary below.

    To continue reading, click here

  • July 28, 2018 10:32 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    We hope you had a blast at our July mixer hosted by RSM Honda! Thanks for coming and we'll see you at the next event. JOIN. CONNECT. GROW.

  • July 04, 2018 10:25 AM | Rachel Coan (Administrator)

    This year we had two contest winners for our Swagbag contest, Stacy & Ryan. This Rancho Family Fest was great and we're excited and already ramping up for next year!

  • May 21, 2018 6:07 PM | Anonymous

    Randy showing off their cool wall inside Walmart Neighborhood Market! Those Ribbon Cutting Certificates look really good in there! JOIN. CONNECT. GROW.

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